Catholic Cardinals: Old and New (Holy versus Disastrous)

They don’t train Catholic Cardinals like they once did . . . 

As I alluded to previously, there is a galactic-cluster-sized gap between the holy genius of saintly cardinals (Bellarmine, Bonaventure, Peter Damian) and the men wearing red nowadays. On good days, contemporary prelates will respond to the full graces of holy orders by serving as the “corporate manager” for their Metropolitan Sees and curial positions. Then there are the mediocre days where they’ll pose with near-naked women at the Met Gala (Timothy Dolan).

Then there are the times when they just can’t help themselves, and allow drag queens to sing at Mass and mess with the altar. On the super horrendous days, modern cardinals will go the distance and lead an entire crusade to eliminate the Holy and August Sacrifice of the Mass from existence (Arthur Roche).

To be sure, there have been outstandingly woeful fruits from today’s shepherds. Hence, an important consideration for those in the “I let the cardinals think for me” crowd, who won’t reflect on the Bergoglian antipapacy.

I would like to accomplish two objectives with this post:

  1. Illustrate examples of modern Cardinal ineptitude (not neglecting to pause and laugh at it); contrasted with the Cardinal saints of old.
  2. Explain an overlooked mechanism for how it got this way (FDR-style court packing).

NOTE: This next section will involve a little side-scrolling for mobile users.

Juxtaposing the Cardinals (Old Versus New)

TopicSaint CardinalsNew CardinalsMy Verdict
Holy ScriptureSt. Bonaventure – “The substance and fruit of holy Scripture is very specific: the fullness of eternal happiness. For this is what Scripture is – its words are words of eternal life, and it is written not just so that we should believe, but specially so that we should possess eternal life in which we may see, and love, and have all our desires fulfilled.”Blase Cupich – “I did my doctoral dissertation on the lectionary readings that we use at mass and how you have biblical texts that have been taken out of their original Bible context and put together for mass, and now they form a new text. Out of that new text, there is an interplay of new meaning.”Perhaps the title of his doctoral dissertation was: The Exegesis of Word Salad: An Applied Liturgical Frankenstein Experiment for the Misery of the Sensus Fidelium.
I think St. Bonaventure wins.
“Ministering” to LGBT+Goat St. Bonaventure – “All sodomites, men and women, died all over the earth, as Saint Jerome said, commenting on the verse Lux orta est iusto [The light was born for the just] (Ps 96:11). This was to make it clear that He [Jesus Christ] was born to reform nature and to promote chastity.”Robert McElroy – “The distinction between orientation and activity cannot be the principal focus for such a pastoral embrace because it inevitably suggests dividing the L.G.B.T. community into those who refrain from sexual activity and those who do not.”Well, dear reader, which would you prefer? The arrival of Christ, with the obliteration of sodomites, or the McElroy option of “let’s not make distinctions.” Remember, not to be non-pastoral or inhospitable.
Prosecuting Church Sex PervertsSt. Peter Damian – “Listen, you do-nothing superiors of clerics and priests. Listen, and even though you feel sure of yourselves, tremble at the thought that you are partners in the guilt of others; those, I mean, who wink at the sins of their subjects that need correction and who by ill-considered silence allow them license to sin. Listen, I say, and be shrewd enough to understand that all of you alike are deserving of death, that is, not only those who do such things, but also they who approve those who practice them.”Blase Cupich – “The Pope has a bigger agenda. He’s got to get on with other things—of talking about the environment and protecting migrants and carrying on the work of the Church. We’re not going to go down a rabbit hole on this.” “Quite frankly, they also don’t like him because he’s a Latino.”Cupich not only has a light stance on sexual perversions. He also thinks Bergoglio is somehow a “Latino” name. Zounds! I suppose Bugnini is one, too. Whatever you do, folks, never trust a Latino with a silent “g” in his name. They’re part of one big happy, heretical, gnostic, famiglia.
Charity During PlaguesSt. Charles Borromeo – While nearly all the Milan aristocracy fled from a local plague in 1576, this saintly cardinal remained to feed the poor and minister the sacramentsWilton Gregory – During the staged pandemic, Cardinal Gregory tells his flock to “turn to Christ.” He then shuts down his entire diocese . .  so that nobody can turn to Him.St. Charles Borromeo resembles Christ as a true priest forever in the Order of Melchizedek; wed to his See.

Cardinal Gregory “stayed safe,” wore face panties, and probably pondered re-purchasing his $2.2 million mansion to host parties with fellow leftists, breaking all their stupid virus rules.
Catholic DogmaSt. Robert Bellarmine – “The knowledge of the dogmas of the Faith of Christ is necessary for everyone who earnestly desires the salvation of his soul.” (Christian Doctrine, Introduction)Reinhard Marx – Like most of his brother prelates, Cardinal Marx has been accused of covering for sexual abuse several times. Making matters worse, however, Marx believes that Catholics are free to doubt the catechism and Church teachings, especially on issues pertaining to sodomy.All you need to know about His Eminence, you can learn by saying “Cardinal Marx” four times fast to reveal his true identity.

Now that we see abundant evidence of this eminent decline, let’s evaluate a potential cause for this deterioration . . . 

Wow, check out all that cardinal red! Here we have Cupich blessing the “year of the monkey.” (Photo: courtesy of Tradition in Action)

Court Packing the College of Cardinals: Increase Supply → Decrease Quality

There’s a rather simple economic concept, which holds that as the supply of something increases, its value decreases. If you grant a child a bunch of candy, after a while, it won’t want ANY. Whenever the supply of goods increases, people demand it less, therefore reducing its value.

As a corollary to that, when value diminishes, quality tends to deteriorate as well. Older folks might recall the growth and expansion of McDonald’s and other restaurants that flooded the market with their goods. 

Perhaps this is true of Catholic cardinals, whenever a pope (or popes) create too many, beyond the proportion of the practicing Catholic population (emphasis on practicing).

There are currently 222 Catholic cardinals; 122 are conclave eligible. At one point, the total number of cardinals was set as low as 16. From the years 1586 to 1961, the number was fixed at 70. Pope John XXIII raised it to 88, and Paul VI and JPII ballooned it to its current levels.

What accounted for such an explosion in cardinals? Has the size of the faithful more than tripled in such a short time? Did the Vatican need that many more curial cardinals?

No, any honest glance at this expansion will show you that Paul VI and JPII engaged in FDR-style court packing to cement their Church ideology forever. They stuffed the College with tons of new prelates, obvious Vatican II partisans with no semblance of loyalty to tradition. Then, to make matters worse, Paul VI introduced age restrictions on voting, thus disenfranchising any remaining traditional stalwarts.

All of this is to say that manipulating and ruining the College was very much a component of the modernist infiltration. These things don’t occur accidentally. It’s the same as FDR (and modern Democrats’) vision for stuffing the Supreme Court with radicals and other psychopaths. FDR may have even been the inspiration for Paul VI’s conclave age restrictions.

Third Secret of Fatima – Perhaps the Only “Market Correction” for Too Many Cardinals

Warning: This section might be a “dark red” pill.

Is there a way for the Church to contract the number of prelates to regain better quality (“Cardinal Easing” if you will)?

I suspect we have two options, one peaceful and administrative; the other, dark, violent, prophetic, and unpleasant.

  1. A reasonable and legitimate pope would reorganize the cardinalate by firing most of them AND not replacing them with other incompetent clerics.
  2. The Third Secret of Fatima Arrives – wiping out most of them.

Regrettably, I’ll assume the first option is a ship, long-past sailed.

What do I mean by the arrival of the Third Secret of Fatima? Recall how the third secret spoke of a disastrous fate for “a bishop dressed in white” AND several other clerics, religious, and lay people of various ranks.

Here’s the relevant text; notice the bold parts:

“And we saw in an immense light that is God: something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it a Bishop dressed in White we had the impression that it was the Holy Father. Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions. Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels, each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God.”

Most of us understandably focus on the “bishop in white.” Nevertheless, we shouldn’t approach this message too myopically. That white-clad cleric isn’t the only one to be met with a terrible fate.

I’m not rooting for death and destruction, mind you. However, it appears this is the only resolution to incompetence and apostasy in the upper hierarchy (if the Fatima message has anything to say about it).

We have reached a critical precipice where peacefully reaching solutions seem to be off the table (regarding sovereign governance, economics, bioethics, and more). This may also be true for resolving the ineptitude of the College of Cardinals. Divine wrath could be the sole remaining resolution.

Final Thoughts

I anticipate some backlash to the notion of these prelates somehow receiving the glorious palm of martyrdom (given their woeful track record). To that, I remind the reader of two things:

  1. Anything’s possible, especially with martyrdom, including drastic last-minute conversions, and . . .
  2. The Third Secret doesn’t imply that EVERY cleric would qualify for martyrdom just by perishing.

In a future post, I intend to explore the concepts of “suffering” versus “rotting.” Many folks experience misery in their lives, not all of it contributes to their redemption. We see this most aptly with failed final conversions from Antiochus IV (2 Macc: 9), Voltaire, Pharaoh Rameses II, and several others. Their lives didn’t end well, although suffering ostensibly, but not in what we’d consider a holy or Catholic way.

Until next time, God bless and don’t agonize over these Princes of the Church to the point of despair. Your particular judgment will not be a class-action lawsuit with them present beside you. Pray for your enemies, pray for all the clergy, and consecrate yourself to the Blessed Virgin for the sake of your holiness, sanity, and a great sign of predestination.

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